Career, tech education crucial in Michigan

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Last week, the Legislature acted to pass legislation that serves as a fix to some of the unintended consequences of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

The MMC was designed in large part to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the future and to fill the jobs needed to sustain and grow our state’s economy. In practice, the MMC proved to do just the opposite for a large segment of our students, leading to a skills gap that has slowed our state’s economic growth.

Critics of the improvements to the MMC say it “dumbs down” the curriculum, exactly the type of rhetoric that has stigmatized vocational education, discouraging many students from pursuing a rewarding career.

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